The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic Poet Changed My Modern Manic Life

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A powerful personal journey to find meaning and life lessons in the words of a wildly popular 13th century poet.

Rumi's inspiring and deceptively simple poems have been called ecstatic, mystical, and devotional. To writer and activist Melody Moezzi, they became a lifeline. In The Rumi Prescription, we follow her path of discovery as she translates Rumi's works for herself - to gain wisdom and insight in the face of a creative and spiritual roadblock. With the help of her father, who is a lifelong fan of Rumi's poetry, she immerses herself in this rich body of work, and discovers a 13th-century prescription for modern life.

Addressing isolation, distraction, depression, fear, and other everyday challenges we face, the book offers a roadmap for living with intention and ease, and embracing love at every turn--despite our deeply divided and chaotic times. Most of all, it presents a vivid reminder that we already have the answers we seek, if we can just slow down to honor them.

• You went out in search of gold far and wide, but all along you were gold on the inside.

• Become the sky and the clouds that create the rain, not the gutter that carries it to the drain.

• You already own all the sustenance you seek. If only you'd wake up and take a peek.

• Quit being a drop. Make yourself an ocean.


Moezzi, Melody

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I ve been blessed with an intense appreciation for mu­sic and cursed with a staggering lack of talent for it. Years of violin and piano lessons proved this definitively. But neither my atrocious sight-reading nor my dreadful recital performances did anything to curtail my love of music for you need not compose, create, or even read a melody to revel in it. That s the magic of music. It needs no translation. Words, however, do.
While musicians can transcend language, writers are bound by it. Think of all the cheesy lyrics we tolerate and even enjoy in love songs that would induce vomiting if they ever appeared in a book of poetry minus the music. I expect that even the brilliant Beyoncé and Jay-Z know that the real genius behind a song like Crazy in Love isn t in the bizarre bridge (Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh, no, no . . .) or the captivat­ing chorus (Got me lookin so crazy right now . . .), but in the notes.
Eight centuries ago and thousands of miles away, the great Per­sian mystic poet and Islamic scholar Molana Jalaloddin Muhammad Balkhi Rumi knew this too. For while Rumi s verse is made up en­tirely of words, it s more than that. In Persian, also known as Farsi, the word for poem shehr means song as well. By no coinci­dence, Rumi s classical Persian verse isn t meant to be read while sit­ting, but rather sung while spinning. For this is how Rumi composed his mystical poetry, whirling and rhyming ecstatically. The miracle here is that this verse isn t just good; it s extraordinary which is why it has been translated into every major language on earth. It s also why Rumi has become so wildly popular around the world today especially in America, where he is often identified as the bestselling poet in the country and has arguably earned the highest seal of ap­proval from American pop culture, as Bey and Jay have now named a daughter after him.
There is a reason Rumi s poetry has survived so long and reached so far. His rhymes honor the sublime power of music, begging to be sung, despite and because of the fact that his verse is so exquisite that it stands alone. Even without music and in translation, Rumi s words resonate across time and space, speaking to the unifying force within all of us that transcends language, culture, race, and religion. Herein rests Rumi s notion of the Beloved, known by countless different names God, Truth, Light, Nature, Beauty, and the Universe, to name just a few but sharing a common essence inextricably rooted in love. As such, the Beloved is not a passion we ought to pursue, but a sacred inheritance that lives within each of us, that connects us, and that if we let it wakes us up.
This book is the story of how with the help of my father and Rumi I woke up. Along the way, I faced all of the diagnoses and ap­plied all of the prescriptions that follow, which is why I ve organized the chapters largely chronologically and in the order of every diag­nosis (Dx) and prescription (Rx) that propelled my journey forward. I still encounter each of these diagnoses daily, for wanting, isolation, haste, depression, distraction, anxiety, anger, fear, disappointment, and pride are all inherent to the human condition. But thanks to Rumi s poetic prescriptions and my father s patience in dispensing them, I finally feel up to the task. In fact, I welcome it. My hope is that this book will help you do the same. Not in the same way or through the same path, but in your way and through your path.
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Penguin Random House
Biography Artist:
Melody Moezzi is a writer, speaker, activist, commentator, columnist, attorney and award-winning author. Her books include War on Error: Real Stories of American Muslims, and more recently, Haldol and Hyacinths: A Bipolar Life, which earned wide critical acclaim and broke new ground as the first mainstream mental health memoir by either a Muslim or a Middle-Easterner. Moezzi is a blogger for Ms. magazine, and a featured regular columnist, blogger, and vlogger for bp [Bipolar] Magazine. She maintains her own YouTube channel and video blog, A Saner Spin, answering readers' questions and addressing a variety of issues, including mental health, wellness and spirituality. Moezzi's writing has appeared on NPR and CNN, and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, Hürriyet, and the South China Morning Post, among many other outlets.
A heartening narrative of family, transformation, and courage the book could shatter a variety of prejudices and stereotypes. Kirkus Reviews

The Rumi Prescription is a testament to the healing power of artand its ability to bring peace to our battered souls. Sometimes thecure we need is not a pill, but a poem. Firoozeh Dumas, New York Times bestselling author of Funny in Farsi

As a lover of beautiful sentences and a secret self-help addict, I gobbled up this groundbreaking book, relishing the language, the wisdom, and the vivid and moving portrait of a father and daughter. Whether you read it for its fine translations of Rumi, its engrossing story, or as a practical guide for self-care, please give yourself the gift of reading The Rumi Prescription. David Gessner, New York Times bestselling author of All the Wild That Remains and The Tarball Chronicles

Melody Moezzi takes Rumi down from a dusty bookshelf, breathes life into his ancient wisdom, and makes him our guide through common contemporary struggles: anger, anxiety, distraction, and more. The Rumi Prescription translates the wisdom of a medieval mystic into the voice of a wise, honest, irreverent friend who tells us what we most need to hear. Krista Bremer, author of My Accidental Jihad and A Tender Struggle

A stunning memoir. Melody Moezzi merges medieval poetry with modern drama, exploring love, politics, and mental health. Original translations of Rumi s poems are interspersed with ruminations on fatherhood, feminism, and self-care, offering insights that will changeyour life. I wish I could prescribe this memoir. Dr. Seema Yasmin, MD, author of Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure

This book enlightened, delighted, and actively helped me. It s a love letter sent across centuries, from one artist to another and decades, from a daughter to her father and in the here and now, from a writer to her readers. The Rumi Prescription is the sweetest medicine I ve ever taken. Nina de Gramont, author of The Last September

The Rumi Prescription is a joy to read. Ellen Forney, New York Times bestselling author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me
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1 April 2021
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